Is this language usage correct?

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"A high 3He:4He ratio signifies..."
I'm thinking that since the colon between the isotopes shows that it is a ratio already, using the word 'ratio' afterwards is a bit like writing PIN number. Is it acceptable to write it like this or should i get rid of the word 'ratio'?
 

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To a mathematician, the word "ratio" might seem redundant, but the phrase scans better with the word included, IMO.
 
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I've always taken the colon in such applications to represent the word 'to', since that's the way it's spoken. In that case, the inclusion of the word 'ratio' is correct.
 
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Or you could write it like this to avoid the redundancy but still keep it clear:

"A high ratio 3He:4He signifies..."
 
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"A high 3He:4He ratio signifies..."
I'm thinking that since the colon between the isotopes shows that it is a ratio already, using the word 'ratio' afterwards is a bit like writing PIN number. Is it acceptable to write it like this or should i get rid of the word 'ratio'?
I would prefer in a previous sentence to say once that 3He:4He is a ratio and not need to be redundant.
 
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Brilliant. Thanks guys :)
 

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